I. To examine what networking means in an academic and research contextII. To review recent research on networking for researchersIII. To look at various methods for successful networking, including developing your online presence
A survey and interviews, withboth researchers andresearcher developers, wereused to explore how researchersuse their social capital to elicitcareers advice, who they ask,how they rate their networkingskills and their career aspirations,attitudes and constraints.
1. Where you know a lot of people who tend not to know each other2. Where your network is widely dispersed over several sectors3. Includes the powerful and influential
Fixed term Womenresearchers tend 40+ age group had least recognised need to engage in for networking more objections to networking more than men, networking but lacked self- behaviour confidence Physical science researchers network the White British least respondents tend to be least active, with non-Researchers aim white British the to be lecturers most active do morenetworking than those aimingonly for research
Can you identify ‘constellations of developmental relationships‘? Higgins and Thomas (2004) Researchers PIs research group/lab leaders Your network might include: Careers officers Journal editors/reviewers Prominent researchers in your fieldEvidence is that researchers do not usually consult with HR specialists, careers advisers or staffdevelopersRATHERthat friends and family were most frequently consulted when finding and applying for jobs andclarifying career goals, followed by supervisor/PI.
1. Say your first name, university department and area of expertise2. Say where in your discipline you focus your efforts3. Give a simple case study : indicating method/ theoretical approach4. Say what you are looking for : help/contacts/ job.5. Finish with a question about the person you are speaking to.
I recently attended a conference and was added on Facebook by two of the attendees.This means that, despite living at opposite ends of the country, we are able to keep intouch and share news of the developments in our research. I found this particularlyuseful with a recent research funding bid, as one of them had made a similarapplication and was able to give me some tips about the application process.
Its not networking: its going to a meeting with some friends from theinternet....Its absolutely brilliant to be able to go to a conferenceknowing that you know at least one, if not more, people who are goingalready, even if youve never met them.
My blog has been very useful for documenting and invitingcomment on my work.
The following results are based on responses from 11 participants in our presentation.
At conferences/seminars do you talk to people you don’t know/or know only slightly? 45% 36% 18% 0% t le l t ll ea lo ta lit td a a it e A ly ea e Qu gr rc a A Sc
Do you take on work or tasks which will get you better known across the university? 45% 27% 27% 0% t le l t ... ea lo ta lit td a ya it e A ea el Qu gr c ar A Sc
Ask people for advice and help about your career? 45% 18% 18% 18% t le l t ... ea lo ta lit td a ya it e A ea el Qu gr c ar A Sc
Ask people for feedback about theirperceptions of you and your work? 40% 30% 20% 10% t le l t ll ea lo ta lit td a ya it e A ea el Qu gr c ar A Sc
At conferences or seminars get yourself noticed by important people in your field? 45% 27% 18% 9% t le l t .. ea lo a. lit td a at te A ea y ui el gr Q c ar A Sc
Ask someone you know you introduce you to important people in your field? 44% 22% 22% 11% t le l t ll ea lo ta lit td a ya it e A ea el Qu gr c ar A Sc
Do you use electronic social networking, messaging etc. to maintain relationships with colleagues? 40% 30% 20% 10% t le l t ll ea lo ta lit td a ya it e A ea el Qu gr c ar A Sc
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